Tag Archives: healthy skin

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Radiance


Woman patting skin

Healthy skin has a distinct natural beauty. We all recognize it. There’s this certain pang of acknowledgment and a bit of jealousy many people get when we see someone whose skin is clearly healthy. Good skin, after all, is at least partly genetics. Anyone can do this that pulls their skin away from being healthy though. Life seems to conspire to get us to take up habits that end up hurting our skin and taking away its natural radiance. We’re left wishing that our skin could look as good as the people whose skin seems naturally resilient and beautiful. The good news is that anyone can work towards restoring their skin’s natural radiance. It involves taking a few steps to take better care of one’s skin, yes, but none of them are particularly hard. All we have to do is commit to taking the necessary time to provide this care and wait for the results to show.

Get Enough Sleep
One of the worse things we do to our skin is not getting enough sleep. This is because sleep is because our body goes into “repair mode” when we sleep as it can finally direct the majority of its energy towards fixing any damage that has been done to our body. It is the primary time that our skin fixes the various things that have been done to it over the course of the day. Without this time, your skin will gradually begin to look less and less healthy while various signs of aging or ill health become more apparent. This is thanks to your body not being able to repair the damaged collagen, one of the body’s primary structural proteins, that provides structure to your skin. Failing to repair the problem results in situations where the skin beneath the eyes can end up becoming thinner and making you look more tired while wrinkles begin to form more readily. The natural firmness and springiness of your skin begin to suffer too. Getting enough sleep is vital to ensuring your skin is naturally healthy and beautiful.

Exercise And Get a Massage
Blood flow plays an important part in creating the healthy, natural glow that so many of us have wished we had in the past. There is a really short list of what we can do to actually get the look. It honestly means that we all need to be exercising more. Regular exercise helps to increase overall blood flow that in turn keeps our skin healthy and gives it that subtle, healthy flush. That little bit of redness that helps us to look our best tends to fade some when our blood flow isn’t as good as it could be and is part of why we tend to look so pale when we get sick. All you really need to do is remember to take a brisk walk for half an hour to an hour a few times each week and that should be enough exercise. You can also do your circulation a favor by getting a massage. We especially recommend a facial massage for a bit of concentrated aid.

Get A Facial
The natural glow of your skin also becomes diminished over time thanks to skincare routines not always keeping up with the skin’s needs. Our skin’s needs change over time and we all hit a point where we only realize we haven’t been doing all we could just a little too late to help. Fortunately, a facial can be a really good option for a quick “reset” to your skin’s health and cleanliness. The combination of cleansing, exfoliating, and nourishing goes a long way towards restoring a natural luster. It is particularly good if you already have a known skincare issues that you’re trying to control that has gotten out of hand. Regular facials are a good option if you can budget the time for them. Regardless of whether you can or not, a good facial should do its part to help restore a healthy glow. This is especially true when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin protection.

Keeping and maintaining a natural radiance goes a long way towards ensuring we look like our best selves. Makeup is always there to help, but we should never forget makeup’s purpose is to help enhance. Looking our best naturally before we apply makeup will only make the effect more striking. It may take some effort to maintain a natural radiance, but it is worth it for the sense of confidence and beauty that it provides.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

file404 / Shutterstock.com

Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

woman smiling

Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

How Menopause Affects Your Skin

Woman smiling

Menopause drastically affects the body. It makes sense given it entirely changes the balance of hormones in one’s body. Hormones are incredibly important when it comes to determining how your skin looks, feels, and how well it can take care of itself. Affecting these levels changes a lot. That’s why we end up seeing so many changes during menopause. These are important to understand if you want to have a hope of countering them and helping your skin age gracefully. We’re going to touch on the major ways that skin changes during and after menopause so that you can plan accordingly. There will also be suggestions on how best to counteract the specific changes that happen to the skin. Don’t expect them to permanently fix things as there is very little that can stop of the skin changes after menopause apart from hormone therapy. However, our few tips will at least keep the worst effects at bay and let changes happen more gradually than they would otherwise.

Pore Health
The ability to keep your pores healthy and relatively indistinguishable becomes a bit harder thanks to menopause. Estrogen is incredibly important to the skin and actually helps to keep your pores constricted. This makes them visually smaller as it is harder for things to get caught in them and also minimizes the amount of natural oils that your skin is able to secrete. Menopause means these benefits are going away as testosterone levels rise. Skin gets a little bit rougher looking overall and you may have issues with oily patches on your skin. Both of these end up making the chance of experiencing various shorter term skin conditions a little more likely. The circumstances that allow them to happen will simply be more readily able to happen. Good skincare can help offset this though. Remember that oil control and regularly cleansing your face are important for countering these problems.

Thinning Skin
This change is at once easy yet hard to see thanks to how it changes your skin. You’ll generally notice the visual changes this brings more than the actual thinning itself first. Veins become more visible, under eye bags will get darker, and anywhere that blood might potentially be visible under the skin just gets that much easier to see. That’s part of why we bruise easier when we’re older. It is partly because it is simply easier to see the full extent of the damage beneath the outer layers of skin. The only way to really counter this thinning is to help boost collagen production in your skin. Skin nourishing and anti-aging products are ideal for this. We recommend topical vitamin C in particular as a good way to give collagen production a boost. This won’t fully counter the effects of menopause, but it will help minimize the problem. A good full body massage now and again will also help.

Drying Out
Interestingly enough, you can have issues with oily patches at the same time that your skin as a whole becomes more susceptible to drying out. This is because the layers of collagen that help to keep your skin thick and firm also act as a moisture seal for your skin. Your skin will simply get drier the more collagen you lose. This in turn makes the skin even more easy to damage as dry skin is inherently more sensitive. There’s no real escaping this problem beyond remembering to regularly moisturize. You’ll want to target your face, your hands, and anything else regularly exposed with moisturizing each day to keep them happy and healthy. This will help to prevent damage from dry skin aggravating things and making them worse. Additionally, properly moisturizing your skin will help it to be more resistant to damage and retain a little more of a healthy plumpness to it despite the loss of collagen.

Menopause may cause plenty of changes in your skin, but you can work against these changes. Making the effort will help minimize the worst of the effects, but the permanent changes to your hormone levels are going to change your skin unless you alter those changes. This isn’t always the best approach and is something to discuss honestly with your doctor and accept if it isn’t a good fit for treatment. Good skincare will still help us look like the best you each year even if we have to accept the changes that each year brings.

Oils That Provide Moisture From Head to Toe

Oils are one of the not-so hidden secrets of skincare. They are particularly good for helping to care for the skin in a comparatively natural and gentle fashion. The approach doesn’t work well for all skin types, but those that it does work for can benefit immensely. You need to know what you’re doing though. Some oils aren’t necessarily the gentlest on the skin depending on the concentration. Many products using them have a particular balance of a given oil, but don’t exceed it to avoid irritation. That’s an important distinction to make when it comes to using oils in your skincare. You need to ensure that you’re apply the correct amount to ensure proper head to toe skincare. Too much will easily result in skin difficulties. So what oils are actually good for you? Let’s quickly review a few and what they conditions they’re best suited to alleviate.

Argan oil

Argan Oil
Any oil you use is going to be fairly hydrating. That’s part of its nature as an oil. Some of them are just a bit better than others at helping to seal moisture in your skin and helping it to heal. Argan oil is one of these thanks to the large concentration of vitamin E found within it. Vitamin E supports the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. This keeps your skin more youthful and maintains the internal barriers that help to prevent moisture loss. Thinning skin loses moisture far faster than healthier skin. You get a further bonus from using argan oil on your skin too. The fatty acids in it are capable of helping to support the very cells of your skin. These help to maintain the cell walls and make it even easier for your skin to retain moisture at the lowest levels. As a result, argan oil is good for supporting adequate moisture in the skin as well as helping fight the signs of aging.

Olive Oil
Strangely enough, properly produced and treated olive oil can also be an incredibly beneficial thing to use on your skin. Making sure it is produced and treated correctly is the key here. Yes, you could technically use the cooking equivalent, but you’re a bit more likely to end up with skin issues than you are healthier skin. Olive oil’s primary use is for helping to hydrate the skin. That makes it very good when it comes to helping people with dry skin. Properly prepared olive oil can do wonders as the various nutrients and compounds in it do wonders for your skin. The oil is particularly packed with antioxidants and fatty acids. The antioxidants help to support your skin’s natural repair functions, something you’ll need with dry skin, while the fatty acids supports the cells as discussed before. You could do far worse when it comes to selecting a product to help improve your skincare results.

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil
Oils and oily skin generally don’t mix very well. That’s why we warned you early on that not everyone can actually make proper use of oils in skincare. There are a few exceptions to the rule though. Tea tree oil sits in an interesting place when compounds in it actually give it a degree of all natural oil control. It is easily able to displace your skin’s natural oils without being too harsh on the skin. Additionally, it helps prevent the doubled production of oil as a result of dry the skin out simply by being an oil and hydrating your skin at the same time. This make it one of the few options you can potentially use if you have oily skin. Some suggest that there is a natural antibacterial property to the oil too that can help manage acne breakouts when used regularly. These combined features make it a decent option for hydrating oily skin without going too far. Be mindful of how you use it though to avoid getting too much of the oil control astringent effect.

Oils are a good method of skincare, but need to be carefully applied. Look for professionally produced oils meant for skincare to help ensure both the quality of the product and the instructions for use are accurate. That will ensure you’re getting the most out of the product without doing any harm to your skin. An oil won’t necessarily become your favorite product overnight, but it may give you an idea for a new avenue in your personal skincare journey.

Tips for Better Skin in 2017

Woman with great skin
Continually seeking improvement is an aspect of ourselves that a lot of us take fairly seriously. What we’re trying to improve tends to depend entirely on who we are though. A lot of us made skincare mistakes in 2016 simply because we didn’t necessarily know any better. There’s no shame in this and it simply gives us room to grow and improve. Ideally, we do want to make up for those mistakes though. That means looking for ways to have better skin in the coming year. Fortunately, improving how well you take care of your skin is relatively easy as all you need to do is learn how to pick up a few new habits. We’re going to go over a handful of useful tips for better skin in 2017. You’ll need to be dedicated to make the most out of these tips though.

Watch Your Diet
The truth is that a lot of us can really improve our skin if we’re willing to take the time to fix our diet. This is one of the hardest, but most rewarding options if you can stick to it. You’ll want to cut major sources of sugar out of your diet for starts. Yes, sweets are wonderful, but the spikes in sugar aren’t doing your skin any favors. You’ll also want to work on ensuring that your diet meets the general rules for a healthy lifestyle. That means cutting back on any excess of meat in the diet while favoring plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables with plenty of dark, leafy greens as well. The collective greenery will do more for your skin than a lot of things. Taking care of yourself in this way will help build your overall health while evening out your complexion and ensuring your skin is more resilient than ever.

Woman using sunscreen
Remember Your Sunscreen
This is a skincare sin that we’ve all failed at plenty of times in the past. There is no overemphasizing the fact that we need to all be better about remembering to wear your sunscreen though. Exposure to UV rays is one of the leading causes of premature aging. Smoking is high on that list too, but the fact that not everyone smokes prevents it from being one of the true leading causes. The only thing you really need to do to help improve your skin is to remember to protect your skin every day. This involves making sure you are applying products with at least an SPF of 30 that offer broad spectrum protection. Ideally, most of the time this will be a sunscreen with a physical blocker like zinc oxide as one of its active ingredients. There are plenty of skincare products on the market with SPF now though. Those are equally useful when it comes to helping improve your skin this year.

Get Moving
Exercise is also important if you want to work towards improving your skin’s overall appearance too. It is important to note here that your skin is your body’s largest organ and taking proper care of your body is inherently necessary if you want healthy skin. Exercise is particularly helpful in this case as your skin is, sadly enough, on a slightly lower priority than the rest of your body as it can ostensibly take care of itself. Exercise helps to counter this issue by improving blood flow all over the body. This extra blood flow circulates more of the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs and ensures that it has the appropriate fuel for helping maintain itself. That alone is useful. However, you can also expect better color routinely thanks to improved blood flow too. It will help you both look and feel healthier than you have before. Remember that exercise doesn’t mean a fancy gym routine in this case. It can, but all you really need is to routinely take brisk walks last up to an hour a few times a week. Exercise is a simple as that.

Improving your skin in 2017 is as easy or as hard as you make it. The tips we’ve covered involve lifestyle changes and making good habits. These are the sort of issues that are most frequently neglected in favor of expecting products to solve the problem. That makes correcting such issues the clear path forward for many of us this year. Don’t stress too much if you slip up along the way though. There’s always time to work on improving your skin.